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WWF blames meat production for Brazilian deforestation

The meat industry’s dependency on soya bean to feed animals is the main cause of deforestation in the Brazilian region of Cerrado, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) argues.

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First synthetic burger to be unveiled this autumn

The first lab-grown piece of meat could be unveiled as early as October this year, Maastricht University scientist Mark Post has said.

Amazon discontinues whale products after accusations

Amazon Japan has taken whale products off its website after being accused of facilitating trade of endangered species.

EU commissioner defends CAP greening in UK

EU agriculture commissioner Dacian Ciolos has defended his proposed reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) in front of UK farmers.

US and EU reach organic agreement

Products certified organic in the United States or the European Union will be able to be sold as organic on both markets from 1 June 2012.

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Genetic research to eliminate campylobacter

The UK-based Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) has launched a £1.3m research project to find the gene responsible for campylobacter resistance in chickens.

UK and Italy join forces against CAP reform

The National Farmers’ Union of England and Wales (NFU) and Italy’s Confederazione Nazionale Coldiretti are working together to ensure the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform benefit farmers in both...

Concerns over GM animals in the EU

A group of organisations have expressed concern about the possible introduction of genetically modified (GM) animals in the European Union (EU), after the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) released guidance...

Methane reduction achievable within four years

A new EU-commissioned genetic study could allow livestock producers to breed animals releasing less methane in as little as four years.

Meat high on greenhouse gas list, says UK report

A UK study has claimed an entire switch to a vegetarian diet would be the environmental equivalent of taking half the country’s cars off the road.

Canadian livestock industry hit by ethanol, finds study

A new report has revealed that Canadian ethanol production is costing the country’s livestock industry millions of dollars.

Brazil and Scotland team up to tackle food security challenge

Agricultural scientists in Scotland and Brazil have signed a formal agreement for research teams from the two countries to work together on joint projects.

Investment needed to satisfy global meat demand, says FAO

By 2050 the world’s burgeoning population will consume two-thirds more animal protein than at present, requiring huge efficiency gains in livestock production, say industry experts.